HC Deb 22 June 1950 vol 476 cc136-7W
61. Mr. Osborne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what have been the chief price increases since devaluation, giving the separate rise for each commodity or service.

Mr. Gaitskell

It would be impracticable to give details of the price changes which have taken place since devaluation in the case of every individual commodity and service. Following is a list of the changes since devaluation affecting those groups of commodities and services which are included in the Interim Index of Retail Prices and in the Wholesale Price Index.

Per cent.
Interim Index of Retail Prices + 2
Food + 7
Rent and Rates + 1
Clothing Nil
Fuel and Light + 3
Household Durable Goods + 3
Miscellaneous Goods Nil
Services + 2
Drink and Tobacco − 3
Wholesale Price Index +10.0
Cereals +19.6
Meat, Fish and Eggs − 1.6
Other Food and Tobacco +15.1
Coal − 0.2
Iron and Steel + 0.6
Non-ferrous metals +33.5
Cotton +20.0
Wool +48.4
Other Textiles +14.9
Chemicals and Oils + 9.6
Miscellaneous + 6.7